Introduction to LIFT Ireland
LIFT Ireland is a not-for-profit initiative aimed at increasing the level of positive leadership capabilities in Ireland. LIFT, which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’, does this through its eight-part, group learning programme. LIFT’s programme is being rolled out nationwide via a volunteer facilitator network with an overall goal of reaching 10% of the population within ten years.
Why LIFT Schools?
Schools are a vital component of LIFT Ireland. To create a nation of leaders, we need to show students from an early stage what it takes to be a leader. LIFT Ireland’s leadership learning process is based on eight key leadership values. While partaking in LIFT’s programme, participants are introduced to one value per week, for 8 weeks. LIFT’s leadership learning process provides students with the foundation to become leaders in their own lives. Students that have taken part in LIFT have improved their listening skills, increased confidence and become more emphatic, understanding and positive. Watch our case-study of LIFT in Confey College below.
Confey College - LIFTing Schools
LIFT Schools Programme
We train a group of TY students to become LIFT facilitators so that they can run the 8 week LIFT programme amongst other students in their school – 2nd years are the most popular year to partner the TYs with. This training will be done through an interactive video which we provide to your school and should take approximately 1 – 1.5hrs.
The LIFT School’s co-ordinator Valerie O’Gorman will then come to your school to certify that the students have completed the training successfully and to launch LIFT in your school. Once this is complete, students and teachers are equipped with the knowledge and know-how to roll out LIFT in their school.
The learning process offered to schools covers the same material as our corporate programme. However, we have tailored the language and delivery so it is more engaging for students. LIFT’s leadership values include Listening, Positive Attitude, Respect, Resilience, Dedication & Determination, Empathy & Understanding, Innovation & Adaptability, and Honesty & Integrity.
How to bring LIFT to your School
- The TY co-ordinator or teacher responsible for bringing LIFT to their school must first complete a free online LIFT facilitator training. These trainings are specifically available throughout August for teachers. They run from 9-4pm on selected dates. School principals are also very welcome. At the August teacher training we will provide you with everything you need, to simply and easily bring LIFT to your TYs when term starts.
- Next you run the LIFT training with a group of TYs via an interactive video and materials we provide you. The overall training will take approximately 1-1.5hrs and you can do it at a time that suits you and your students. Be it a single workshop or over a number of class periods.
- We will then book your school in to be certified by the Schools Coordinator, Valerie and launch the LIFT programme!
- Once the trained TYs receive their certificates as LIFT Facilitators they can start leading other students in your school through the 8 week LIFT programme. We advise that the TYs run roundtables with the second year students
Pricing and Contributions
We provide the TY LIFT training free of charge to schools so that we are a fully inclusive programme. However, we run an honesty box system where schools who are able to provide a donation of up to €400 do (this amount is still heavily subsidised for the total cost of training and materials). This supports us to reach more schools than we would be able to otherwise.
As we aim to reach 10% of the population, our resources are often stretched quite thin. We are always grateful for funding we receive and for schools that can afford to make a contribution to help us with our efforts. There is no obligation to do so but if your school would like to make a contribution, you can enter your details and donation amount in the form below and we can issue an invoice.